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Shirley Nanette

  • Shirley Nanette

The Lineup
Alto Saxophone – George Lawson
Baritone Saxophone – Dan Mason (2)
Bass – (Little) George Brown
Drums – Dale Smith
Engineer [Recording] – Andy Thompson (13)
Guitar [Rhythm, Lead] – Hanc Swarn*
Music By, Lyrics By – Hanc Swarn*
Organ [Electronic] – Billy Larkin
Tenor Saxophone – Dan Mason (2), George Lawson
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – T. Memory
Voice – Andrew Clay, Jr., Tracey Nanette

In the early seventies, Hank Swarn and Shirley Nanette collaborated to form Never Coming Back. Swarn had been on the road for five years, lending his guitar-backing talent to Earl Grant and his band. While on tour, he wrote some tunes that were ultimately released on the Never Coming Back album. Al Nanette approached Hank about putting together a record with Shirley, who was also keen on putting getting in the studio. Luckily, Swarn already had songs to bring to the session.

With the support some talented local musicians, the album was recorded–mostly in one or two takes–in a little over a week. Unfortunately, the album saw little exposure. Needless to say, this tremendous effort by Nanette, who continues to sing and perform in Portland, has touched the hearts of many who’ve recently heard the album for the first time.